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KISD: Hillwood MS YES Program Puts Emphasis on Service Learning During Final Week

KISD: Hillwood MS YES Program Puts Emphasis on Service Learning During Final Week

Hillwood Middle School is embarking on the third year of its YES (Year-End Studies) program, departing from traditional final week of school activities to instead invest in project-based, community service learning projects.

Once again this year, instead of taking final exams, students are participating in one of 28 teacher-developed projects that not only teach skills like first aid, carpentry, gardening, photography, and other individual interests, but also support local charities and partner organizations.

Many of the projects will culminate Monday, May 20, through Wednesday, May 22, with field trips to various sites around the Metroplex. Visits include collecting clothes for The Salvation Army in Arlington, caring for patients and staff at Cook Children’s Medical Center, and volunteering at local nursing homes and retirement centers.

Additionally, one project – ”Huskies Helping Heroes” – will host a special luncheon for local military veterans at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, featuring World War II Marine Corps Veteran Don Graves as the guest speaker. Graves fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima and and was present on the top of Mount Suribachi during the iconic raising of the Stars and Stripes.

On the final day of school, Thursday, May 23, Hillwood students will host a Presentation of Learning from 9-11 a.m., at which parents, community members, KISD employees, and fellow students can find out more about the results from each of the YES projects.

Hillwood Middle School is located at 8250 Parkwood Hill Blvd. in Fort Worth. Those interested in covering any portion of the YES activities are invited to contact Keller ISD Communications at 817-744-1021 or

YES (Year End Studies) Projects

A Day in the Life…
Students gain a new respect for first responders by getting an up close look at the work they do, while also learning basic first aid skills.
Partner Organization: Texas Fallen Officer Foundation
Field Trip Day: Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21

Angel Art for Small Hearts
Students work with the Keller Community Storehouse to volunteer, create, and donate in support of the local homeless community.
Partner Organization: Keller Community Storehouse
Field Trip Day: Tuesday, May 21

Baywatch Lifeguard Training
Students gain knowledge of lifeguard skills including CPR and reenacting rescue situations, and will leave with a CPR Certification and knowledge of what it takes to become a lifeguard.
Partner Organization: The Keller Pointe and Tarrant County College
Field Trip Day: Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22

Cookies and Crafts for Children’s Hospital
Students learn about Cook Children’s and how to support its patients, with an emphasis on children battling cancer. Students will be making cards and goodie bags for patients, while also making meals and cookies for nurses and doctors.
Partner Organization: Cook Children’s Medical Center and Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth
Field Trip Day: Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21

Cornhole for College
Students will tour the University of North Texas, building cornhole boards and painting around campus. Profits raised will go towards Central High School PTA’s Scholarship Fund to benefit former Hillwood Middle School students.
Partner Organization: Central PTA Scholarship Fund

Crafts for Christ Haven
Students will create crafts to sell to raise money to donate to Christ Haven. They will also visit Christ Haven to learn more about the organization and how it help children and families in need.
Partner Organization: Christ Haven
Field Trip Day: Monday, May 20

Creating Art for a Cause
Students will create artwork to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. They will glaze mugs, bowls, and jewelry, and will visit museums in Fort Worth for inspiration.
Partner Organization: American Diabetes Association
Field Trip Day: Tuesday, May 21

Crochet’s Anatomy
Students will tour two hospitals and also learn how to crochet hats for newborn babies. Students will get to learn about different healthcare professions and visit the labor and delivery ward to learn about prenatal and newborn care. They will also make blankets to donate to Warm Up Blankets.
Partner Organization: Warm Up America
Field Trip Day: Tuesday, May 21

Diggin’ in the Dirt
Students will update the Hillwood Middle School garden by building a fence for the pumpkin patch and planting new vegetables and fruit trees.
Partner Organization: HMS Garden

Handiwork 4 Heroes
Students will build coffee tables and end tables from scratch and then stain them.
Partner Organization: Patriot House Fort Worth

HMS Shaping Hearts
Students will plan a House Rally for a struggling school in Fort Worth, providing students with a fun-filled day to help build community.
Partner Organization: John T. White Elementary
Field Trip Day: Tuesday, May 21

Huskies Helping Hounds
Students will learn about service dogs and also make treats and toys for pups. They will take a field trip to a local animal rescue shelter and care for the animals there.
Partner Organization: Apollo Animal Support and Rescue
Field Trip Day: Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21

Huskies Helping Our Heroes
Students will learn about the sacrifices that veterans have made in defense of America. The group will also travel to the George W. Bush Presidential Library to learn about the work President Bush has done for veterans. Students will then create care packages for local veterans and deliver them around the community, in addition to hosting a special luncheon for veterans on Wednesday, May 22.
Partner Organization: Patriot House Transitional Housing
Field Trip Day: Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22

Huskies in the House
Students will hold bake sales throughout the semester and a traveling bake sale during the week of YES to raise money for Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth so that it continue to support families in their time of need.
Partner Organization: Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth
Field Trip Day: Wednesday, May 22

It’s NOT Such a Small World
Students will create crafts, cook international ethnic dishes, and learn about different traditions, building up to a day of games and fun to learn about diverse members of the community.

Life Without Limits
Students will learn how to best interact and help those who need help the most by organizing and running a carnival for KISD special education classes and raising money for Make Promises Happen.
Partner Organization: Central Oklahoma Camp and Conference Center: Make Promises Happen

Making a WILD Difference
Students will partner with a local zoo to learn why zoos are important, what careers involve working with animals, and general animal care.
Partner Organization: Fort Worth Zoo
Field Trip Day: Tuesday, May 21

Making the Senior Citizens Smile
Students will leave a lasting impression with the generation that paved the way for them, by engaging in activities serving and building relationships with senior citizens in the community.
Partner Organization: Legacy at Bear Creek
Field Trip Day: Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21

Massive Music Mayhem
Student-musicians will perform in a jazz band or a chamber group at senior centers, Cook Children’s Hospital, and Joe T. Garcia’s
Partner Organizations: Cook Children’s Medical Center and Heritage House of Keller
Field Trip Day: Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22

Memories in the Making
Students will learn to become art facilitators to help Alzheimer’s patients create paintings of a memory.
Partner Organization: Fort Worth Alzheimer’s Association
Field Trip Day: Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22

Next Generation Women’s Healthcare
Female students will focus on women’s healthcare in all phases of life, from birth to death.
Partner Organization: Medical City Alliance
Field Trip Day: Tuesday, May 21

Picture Perfect: Landscape and Portrait Photography
Students will learn digital and film photography, printing, and editing skills. They will then put those skills to use as they take landscape photos on a trip to the Bob Jones and Fort Worth Nature Center and portraits in the Husky TV studios.
Partner Organization: Bob Jones and Fort Worth Nature Center
Field Trip Day: Monday, May 20, and Tuesday, May 21

Positive Potty People
Students will transform Hillwood’s bathroom walls into billboards of encouraging words and inspirational quotes.

Preschool Play Day
Students will encourage preschoolers to engage in athletic activities as they conduct a field day experience.
Partner Organization: The Church at Trophy Lakes
Field Trip Day: Tuesday, May 21

Project Linus
Students will create blankets of various sizes and bright, kid-friendly colors to donate to Project Linus, a national organization that provides a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, have suffered a loss, or are otherwise in need of a “security” blanket.
Partner Organization: Project Linus
Field Trip Day: Wednesday, May 22

Tailgating for Good
Students travel to AT&T Stadium in Arlington to help collect clothes for The Salvation Army.
Partner Organization: The Salvation Army
Field Trip Day: Tuesday, May 21

Therapy Pals
Students will work with therapy animals to help understand the bond between animals and the emotional health of humans. They will work with therapy horses to gain knowledge of the benefits therapeutic riding provides.
Partner Organization: New Hope
Field Trip Day: Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21

Weather Ready Emergency Management
Students will explore how storms form and what to do to prepare for them.
Partner Organizations: National Weather Service and Keller Community Emergency Response
Field Trip Day: Tuesday, May 21